I thought it was important to begin the Justice series with a focus on the Holy Trinity, exploring how God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit work together to bring about justice on the earth. Dr. Paul Louis Metzger kicked off the series with a focus on God the Father by asking the question, “What’s the big deal about justice?” Andy Crouch engaged us with his own questions, “Can we have Jesus without justice? Or justice without Jesus?” Today, I make a humble attempt to explore the work of the Holy Spirit and justice by taking a look at a small parable of the persistent widow as found in Luke 18:1-8.
The NIV reads:
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said, “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Happy New Year everyone! 2014 is off to a great start! On yesterday, my precious daughter got baptized and partook in her first Lord’s Supper. And today, is my birthday! So I will be spending half of the day in prayer, meditation, thanksgiving and reflection. This afternoon, my little lady and I will attend a “Mommy and Me” dance class and I think my husband plans to whisk me away this evening.
I will conclude my holiday schedule and return to my normal routine on tomorrow. In the meantime, I wanted to let you know what you have to look forward to on A Sista’s Journey in the weeks and months ahead. I have officially started my last semester of seminary! Hoorah! (It’s a bittersweet feeling actually. While I am looking forward to a little relief from the rigorous deadlines, I will certainly miss the spiritual and intellectual engagement, along with the fellowship.) This semester is also the start of my final independent study in which I will focus on the topic of biblical justice. Therefore, today begins a four month series on biblical justice. While I will reserve Mondays to continue sharing about other topics that we normally discuss on the blog, keep you up to speed on my writings and other publications, and sharing a Christian Worldview on current events, the rest of the week will be devoted to the series. I will conduct the Biblical Justice Blog Series in a similar manner as the Racial Reconciliation Series completed in 2012.